J.FRANCKI, PUBLIPHOTO DIFFUSION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY J.FRANCKI, PUBLIPHOTO DIFFUSION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Tooth extraction. Gloved hands of a female dentist extracting a tooth from a male patient. She is using a pair of stainless steal pliers to pull the tooth out of the gums. Her other hand is gripping the patient's lip to keep the mouth wide open. The gloves are use to maintain sterile conditions. Extractions are necessary when there is severe tooth decay, when an abscess has formed or when a tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired.
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